AGU Releases Revised Position Statement on Ocean Research

26 June 2013
AGU Science Policy Alert 13-33

AGU today released a revised version of its position statement on ocean research. Titled, “Ocean Research and Education Are Foundations for Economic Growth,” the statement declares that, “Investments in ocean research and education benefit the economic well-being of nations through greater understanding of devastating environmental hazards, sustainable use of ocean resources, safer and efficient maritime transportation, and a healthier ocean environment for a changing world.” While the statement does specifically highlight the economic value of the ocean to the United States, it is otherwise global in its scope.

AGU’s ocean research statement was first adopted in 2005, and was primarily concerned with the endorsement and implementation of the recommendations of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy’s 2004 Report: “An Ocean Blueprint for the 21st Century.”

The newly updated statement was revised by a panel of experts and was adopted by the AGU Council and Board Executive Committee during their June 2013 meetings. A draft of the updated statement was made available for comment to all AGU members in late 2012. To view all AGU position statements, click here.